Several Funders Support SNAP Outreach & Assistance Programming

Several Funders Support SNAP Outreach & Assistance Programming

The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana received funding from the Jewel-Osco Foundation ($87,000), Franciscan Alliance ($10,000), Walmart Foundation through Feeding America ($35,000), Legacy Foundation ($15,000), and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration ($35,785.20) to address hunger across Lake & Porter Counties through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) education and outreach. SNAP is the largest federal program dedicated to providing temporary monthly benefits to individuals who are income challenged and facing food insecurity. SNAP provides electronic benefits that allow individuals the freedom to purchase groceries as needed. “SNAP serves as our first…Read more

General Insurance Services Donates $5,000 to Support Hunger Relief

The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana was nominated by General Insurance Services (GIS) to receive a $5,000 donation to help the region’s fight against hunger as part of Westfield’s Legacy of Caring program. Each year, Westfield independent insurance agents, like GIS, are invited to nominate a local nonprofit for the Legacy of Caring program. The Westfield Insurance Foundation, an independent private foundation endowed by Westfield, awards the donation as an extension of the fundamental role that insurance plays every day in stabilizing families, businesses and communities in times of uncertainty. This year, the…Read more
Legacy Foundation funds SNAP Outreach Program

Legacy Foundation funds SNAP Outreach Program

The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana recently launched its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), funded by a $15,000 grant from the Legacy Foundation and additional funding from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA.) SNAP provides access to food to nearly 800,000 Hoosiers, including working families, seniors, and other vulnerable individuals who are struggling to regularly put food on the table. “Legacy Foundation is pleased to continue supporting the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana by helping fund SNAP expansion.  SNAP serves as our first line of defense against hunger.  Increasing participation in…Read more

Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana Donates to Three Area Charities

Today, Matt Schuffert, President of Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana (HRCNI) along with Dawn Reynolds-Pettit, the VP of Human Resources, visited three local charities to present each organization with a large check and to share the exciting news about the surprise donation amounts. The proceeds are from the HRCNI employee friends and family event that took place at the casino on May 11, prior to its official public opening. According to Schuffert, “Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana is committed to help local charities in Gary and Northwest Indiana have the financial resources to…Read more
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Commits More Than $650,000 to the Fight Food Insecurity

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Commits More Than $650,000 to the Fight Food Insecurity

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana announced today that it will commit $661,000 over the next three years to Community Harvest Food Bank, Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank, and Hoosier Hills Food Bank. This funding will help the food banks expand their ability to deliver healthy food to Hoosiers and host additional mobile food distribution events. Anthem’s support of these food banks expands on the company’s history of supporting Indiana’s residents and communities in addressing the many factors that influence health, including access to healthy food.…Read more
Strack & Van Til Partner with Kellogg to Address Summer Hunger for Children

Strack & Van Til Partner with Kellogg to Address Summer Hunger for Children

Kellogg Company is teaming up with Strack & Van Til and the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana to address summer hunger among children in the Region. Starting June 2nd, Kellogg’s will donate 1 meal for every box of participating cereal purchased at any Strack & Van Til store. At the end of the campaign, a donation will be made to the Food Bank. “During the summer months, when school is out of session, the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana steps in with programming to fill the summer meal gap that children face”, said…Read more
The Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation Contributes $250,000

The Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation Contributes $250,000

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. recently announced a $1 million contribution, through the Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation, to 44 food banks throughout the United States, providing up to 10 million meals. The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is one of the beneficiaries receiving $250,000. In December 2020, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. acquired ArcelorMittal USA which included 7500 employees in the region and two of the Region’s cornerstone steel production sites at Indiana Harbor and Burns Harbor. Lourenco Goncalves, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer said, “We sadly recognize that, throughout the United States and Canada, millions of households are experiencing…Read more

Albert’s Diamond Jewelers Donate 150,000 Meals

Albert’s Diamond Jewelers contributed $50,000 to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana to help support local residents in need of food assistance. The donation will provide food assistance through two Food Bank programs:  Mobile Market and Pantry Pack. “I was watching television and in tears seeing the long line of cars at the Food Bank, said Fred Halpern, owner of Albert’s Diamond Jewelers.  “I talked to my son Josh, and said we have to help”, said Halpern. The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is partnering with Albert’s on several special projects to address…Read more
Strack & Van Til Customers Raise $232,306 Through Checkout Challenge

Strack & Van Til Customers Raise $232,306 Through Checkout Challenge

The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana and Premier Partner Strack & Van Til announced the results of the 2020 Checkout Challenge.  Through a unified effort of 20 stores and cashiers, Strack & Van Til customers raised a record-breaking $232,306.56 to benefit food insecure individuals and families in the Region. During November & December, customers were asked to “round-up” their grocery bill at the register. “I am so proud of our community and the Strack & Van Til customers.  Those pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters that were donated at the end of every grocery…Read more
Local Civic Leaders Amplify Contribution to Provide 600,000 Meals

Local Civic Leaders Amplify Contribution to Provide 600,000 Meals

Near the end of 2020, local Civic Leaders, Tom Sourlis & Sue Eleuterio issued a holiday challenge to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, offering to match all donations up to $100,000 through December 31st. “Tom & Sue wanted to directly address the rising demand for food assistance in the Region, while also inspiring others to do the same, through the Half Million Meal Match”, said Victor A. Garcia, CEO of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. “The Match opened up the opportunity to provide approximately 600,000 meals for our community”, said Garcia.…Read more